is a Literature Review?
review of the literature is:
is literally that: a "re" view or "look
again" at what has already been written about
the topic. It is not a literary review, which
usually is a review of a literary work such as
a play, novel, book of poems or a review that
has some artistic merit.
compilation of the research
that has been published on a topic by
recognized scholars and researchers.
by a guiding concept (e.g., your research objective,
the problem or issue you are discussing or your
argumentative thesis). It is not just a descriptive
list of the material available, or a set of summaries.
background for the problem the students are attacking
or put the problem into historical perspective
and, at times, show how others handled similar
problems in the past.
writing the literature review, your purpose is:
To convey to your reader what
knowledge and ideas have been established on
What their strengths and
weaknesses might be.
a piece of writing a literature review:
most often it is part of the introduction to an
essay, research report, or thesis.
it will be a complete piece in and of itself.
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